Now that it’s December, the holiday season in New York is in full swing. The Rockettes are kicking, the window displays are up, and the residents of Dyker Heights are starting to turn on their lights. Christmas is in just a few short weeks, and there is plenty to take in. Where do you start?
Here’s my Five Things Friday of some things (both holiday and not-holiday inspired) to add to your New York City bucket list this weekend:
1. The Tree
In case you missed it, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit up this past Wednesday. This is the first official weekend to go take your touristy pictures while you soak up the Christmas spirit. Be prepared for crowds; the tree is easily one of the most popular spots in New York during the holiday season.
2. Grand Central Holiday Train Show
Looking for something cool to Instagram? Head over to Grand Central Terminal to check out the 16th annual Holiday Train Show. This display features Lionel trains traveling along a model train layout, with a miniature version of Grand Central!
3. Go Ice Skating
Nothing says “Christmas in New York” quite like embracing your inner skating star at one of the ice rinks. There are rinks located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens – check out more info here.
4. Shop at a Holiday Market
Need some help finding the perfect gift? When a gift card just won’t cut it, the holiday markets in New York City are a great solution. Check out Time Out’s top markets for all of your shopping needs.
5. Street Smart: The Intersection of Art and Design in the City
If there’s one thing New York City has plenty of, it’s art exhibits. Over at the School of Visual Arts, they have put together a multimedia exhibition (located at the SVA Chelsea Gallery) that includes pieces for and about our urban environment here in the city. Take a break from Santa and shopping and check it out, on display until December 20th.